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UPDATE: Census resister found guilty
79-year-old Janet Chunin has been sentenced to 50 hours of community service
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A 79-year-old woman has been sentenced to 50 hours of community service for failing to fill out her census.

Janet Churnin has been found guilty of violating the Statistics Act.

She had faced maximum penalties of $500 and a three-month jail sentence.

Criminal lawyer Edward Prutschi says justice Cathy Mocha made a sympathetic decision but the right one.

"One that doesn't ignore the fact that at the end of the day this was a deliberate decision by [Churnin] not to fill out the census," Prutschi says.

The verdict comes a few months after 89-year-old Audrey Tobias was found not guilty for also resisting to fill out the mandatory form.

Prutschi says the two cases are factually the same, "other than the fact that we had two different judges hear these two cases and therefore two different results."

In Tobias' case, Prutschi says judge Ramez Khawly did some legal "gymnastics" because he thought cases like these are a waste of crown resources.

But in Churnin's case, he says Mocha took a more traditional approach.

"[She] said, look, I may not be thrilled and I may not consider this to be the most serious of offences, but it's clearly an offence and there has to be a punishment."

Churnin told reporters that she feels satisfied with the decision.

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A 79-year-old woman has been sentenced to 50 hours of community service for failing to fill out her census.

Janet Churnin has been found guilty of violating the Statistics Act.

She had faced maximum penalties of $500 and a three-month jail sentence.

Criminal lawyer Edward Prutschi says justice Cathy Mocha made a sympathetic decision but the right one.

"One that doesn't ignore the fact that at the end of the day this was a deliberate decision by [Churnin] not to fill out the census," Prutschi says.

The verdict comes a few months after 89-year-old Audrey Tobias was found not guilty for also resisting to fill out the mandatory form.

Prutschi says the two cases are factually the same, "other than the fact that we had two different judges hear these two cases and therefore two different results."

In Tobias' case, Prutschi says judge Ramez Khawly did some legal "gymnastics" because he thought cases like these are a waste of crown resources.

But in Churnin's case, he says Mocha took a more traditional approach.

"[She] said, look, I may not be thrilled and I may not consider this to be the most serious of offences, but it's clearly an offence and there has to be a punishment."

Churnin told reporters that she feels satisfied with the decision.

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